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Freedom A Celebrated Reality
July 2, 2017

Freedom A Celebrated Reality
Emotional Landmines Steal Victories 

7/02/2017     

The problem under the surface is an emotional one! People, for the most part are good at concealing what they really need to deal with while deferring to some other difficulty.

We may ignore those who brought and bought victory but the fact is they fought and brought freedom. Jesus provides ultimate VICTORY! In Christ every day is Independence Day!        

Nehemiah 1:3

 And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.”

Battles are fought for those who will be living after the battle. Our nation had people who looked for freedom and discovered it had to be fought for. Aren’t you glad God is the one who took the Spiritual battle in His own strength? “There is none like Him” LORD, there is no one like you! For you are great, and your name is full of power.

Life is composed of multiple layers:

  • Spiritual: What you believe
  • Physical: What you do
  • Emotional: What you feel

It is in this last area where people get bogged down. The book of Nehemiah is the story of God working in you while emotions and the outward ways are trying to overwhelm you.

  • There is an emotion that must be overcome, Forgotten. The emotion of being forgotten is a devastating sensation.
  • In life there isn’t any feeling like thinking you are overlooked.
  1. Kids: You are the last to be chosen for the team.
  2. Teenagers: You are not invited out on a date.
  3. College: You are the last to find a job.
  4. Career: You are overlooked while others are promoted. You didn’t do all that you wanted to do.
  5. Parents: Your kids don’t consider you cool.
  • God remembers. God has not forgotten.

Nehemiah 1:2 That Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem.

  1. Historical background: Israel had been conquered by the Babylonians and sent into exile. It looked like as a nation they were lost forever.
  2. Personal application:
  • Ø Regardless of what has gone on in your life, God has not forgotten you.
  • Ø He knows where you are and what you are going through.
  • No matter how forgotten you feel, God is with you.  No matter what it looks like Jesus went the distance. The root meaning of Nehemiah’s name is the one who comforts. That is why many call Nehemiah a type of the Holy Spirit while studying this great book.  

Nehemiah 1:3 And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.”

  • God’s plan has never changed. He is the redeemer. He is committed to the entire process of restoring our lives.
  1. Affliction: Repeating cycles of past problems
  2. Reproach: Emotional scarring
  • To accomplish this job God has a contractor. Nehemiah is an Old Testament example of the Holy Spirit who rebuilds our lives. God contracted Nehemiah to go get the Job done.
  • Nehemiah demonstrates the four qualities of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
  • He is concerned for us.

Nehemiah 1:2-3 That Hanani one of my brethren came with men from Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped, who had survived the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. 3And they said to me, “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.”

  • He is committed to us.

Nehemiah 1:4 So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

  • He prays for us. (Jesus is so inspiring, He was always going to prayer or coming from prayer, now in Heaven He is always making intercession for His Church!)

Nehemiah 1:5 And I said: “I pray, Lord God of heaven, O great and awesome God, You who keep Your covenant and mercy with those who love You and observe Your commandments.”

  • He provides for us. (The Word is Provided)

Nehemiah 2:7 Furthermore I said to the king, “If it pleases the king, let letters be given to me for the governors of the region beyond the River, that they must permit me to pass through till I come to Judah.”

(Special Thanks to Pastor Gerald Brooks for motivating this message)

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